Common name: Whitish Pigeonpea

Twiners; branchlets white-canescent. Leaflets 3-4.5 x 2-4 cm, obovate, apex rounded, base obtuse, grey pubescent below, nerves ca. 4 pairs, laterals oblique; petiole to 2-4 cm, petiolule 2 mm, pubescent, stipules 3 mm. Racemes lax, to 4 cm; bracts 3 mm; calyx tube 3 mm, lobes 1.5 mm, triangular, pubescent; petals persistent, yellow. Pod 3.5 x 1 cm, transversally flattened, grey pubescent, strongly mucronate.

Flowering and fruiting: March-April
Deciduous forests
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka


Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week_Flora of Bannerghatta_111111GK02_ID request: Date/Time- 15-10-2011

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Bannerghatta, Bangalore Dist Karnataka

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Moist/Dry Deciduous

Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herbaceous Climber

Height/Length- about 1m

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Trifoliate softly hairy (puberulous)

Inflorescence Type/ Size- Axillary Racemes

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- Yellow

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- Not seen

interesting, Rhynchosia species?? just guess

This may be Atylosia scarabaeoides.

Atylosia scarabaeoides is now synonym of Cajanus scarabaeoides (L.) Thouars and I feel this is a possible id 

yes it can be Cajanus scarabaeoides, but to me leaf look little different…

Probably Cajanus albicans (Wight & Arnott) Van der Maesen (Atylosia albicans (Wt. & Art.) Benth. 

To me, it looks like Atylosia albicans, as the leaves are broadly obovate and calyx lobes shorter than tube.  But the crucial character is whether the pod is brown-golden hairy or white hairy.  If you have any photo of the pod pls send. 



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Pl help me to identify this fabaceae member.
Leaves are white pubescent, young branch silvery. Stem grooved. Pods without hairs.

It is Atylosia scarabaeoides only   

Thanks for suggestion. The pods of Cajanus scarabaeoides will have hairs. Pl see the attached photo

I think close to images, references and details at Cajanus albicans



Most of the characters do match with Cajanus albicans except the pod. I attach the close up of pod for final validation.

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Yes It looks closer to Cajanus albicanspod 5-7 seeded; grey canascent



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